In Nevada, a citizen-initiated change to the constitution is much harder. It has to pass in a popular vote twice, in consecutive elections. And so it was with Question 2, one of the early anti-gay marriage amendments. As stupid as it sounds (and it sounds pretty stupid), anti-equality forces played up "the sanctity of marriage" in a state that has drive-thru wedding chapels, quickie divorces, game shows that award spouses, Elvis impersonator officiants, and the infamous 55-hour marriage of Britney Spears. A giant douche nozzle named Richard Ziser spearheaded the effort, and attempted to parlay his success into a political career. Fortunately, he lost.
So, how do you undo something like this? Well, it takes even longer. See, the legislature needs to pass it twice to put it up for a vote, and then it has to pass again. Twice again. And Ziser is sure to round up his old gay-hatin' posse, and break out the disingenuous clap-trap about Jesus and "what about the children" and the fabric of society, blah, blah. They'll pretend that we aren't known as a libertarian, live-and-let-live state, that we aren't known for legal brothels, legalized gambling and all manner of vice. Only this time? I don't think it's going to work. The times, they're-a-changin,' and I think this time Nevada will do the right thing. But it will still take years.
Gay Marriage Resolution Advances in Nevada
The Nevada Senate took an emotional step toward legalizing gay marriage with a near party-line vote to repeal the state's heterosexual definition of marriage. . .
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